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Monday, July 28, 2014

5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Roskilde

Absalon's Arch Roskilde Cathedral Denmark
Absalon's Arch of Roskilde Cathedral.
When people talk about traveling to Denmark, they usually mean Copenhagen.  Don’t get me wrong, Copenhagen is an awesome city and I loved every minute there.  But when I was researching our trip to Denmark, I read about Roskilde, and I felt kind of sorry for Roskilde.  Why would somebody stay in Roskilde when Copenhagen is so close by?  The more I read about Roskilde, the more I felt sure Roskilde would actually make a really good home-base for some of our Denmark travels.  So even with its close proximity to Copenhagen, we decided to give Roskilde a try, and I’m glad we did.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Hotel Review: South of the Border at the Rosarito Beach Hotel

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This señorita welcomes visitors to the Rosarito Beach Hotel.
In the past the Rosarito Beach Hotel was the only hotel choice in Rosarito.  It’s been around since 1925 after all.  When Rosarito was Hollywood’s playground the Rosarito Beach Hotel was frequented by the likes of Orson Wells, Gregory Peck, Spencer Tracy, and Rita Hayworth.  In fact, just above the entrance is the statement, “Por esta puerta pasan las mujeres mas hermosas del mundo,” which means through this door pass the most beautiful women of the world.  Smooth talker.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Tasting Kauai’s Tropical Fruits and Island Cuisine on a Hawaiian Food Tour

Tasting Kauai Food Tour Hawaii
Some familiar and some exotic fruits tasted on the Tasting Kauai food tour. 
I love food tours.  So far I've joined a Baja food tour, Beijing food tour, and Shanghai food tour.  But what would a Hawaiian food tour involve?  Loco moco, plate lunch, pineapples, spam?  I stumbled across Tasting Kauai on Twitter while researching our last minute trip to Kauai and was intrigued.  When I learned the Taste of Kilohana tour included riding a train, touring the Kilohana Plantation, snacking on exotic fruit, drinking a mai tai, and devouring a three-course island lunch, I was sold.  I sent Rome golfing at the Kauai Lagoons (he’s allergic to pineapple after all) and joined Tasting Kauai’s food tour.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Spirituality and Structure at Kauai’s Hindu Monastery

Kauai's Hindu Monastery 2014 Hawaii
A temple in progress.
When thinking of things to do in Kauai, visiting a Hindu monastery is probably not the first thing that comes to mind.  Many visitors to Kauai don’t even know the monastery exists.  I think the unusualness is what appealed to me when I first learned about the monastery.  We visited nine years ago on the recommendation of a friend and found it fascinating.  The experience intrigued me so much I was drawn to visit another Hindu temple, the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Chino Hills.  Kauai’s Hindu Monastery is a work in progress.  While there is a small temple and monastery already on the grounds, a much larger temple is being built, which they've been working on for years.  On our recent trip to Hawaii we visited Kauai’s Hindu Monastery again to check on the progress of the construction of the Iraivan Temple.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Sea and Farm-to-Table Dining in Rosarito Beach Restaurants

We all know that Baja California is the land of some of the best taco stands in the world.  The towns along the coast have also been long known for delicious and affordable grilled local lobster.  In addition to these Baja food staples, Rosarito has also joined the farm-to-table movement, which provides some additional exciting dining opportunities for visitors to Rosarito and nearby Baja towns.  During a weekend in Rosarito we had the chance to eat ourselves into oblivion at a few Rosarito restaurants so we could share some of Rosarito’s best food finds with you.

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Rancho Las Ilusiones Rosarito Baja California Mexico
Rancho Las Ilusiones family restaurant.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Review: SiXT rent a car Denmark

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Our SiXT rent a car in front of Viby's windmill.
As I mentioned in my post about our Denmark road trip, I believe the best way to really get to know a country is by getting away from the big popular cities and driving through the countryside.  For our road trip through Denmark, we chose SiXT rent a car for our car rental.  Here are the reasons why you should take a road trip through Denmark and rent your car from SiXT.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Can I Take Your Picture? Feeling Like Famous Foreigners in China

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Posing for a picture with random strangers outside Beijing's Wangfujing Snack Street.
You read about it before you get to China.  But it still comes as a bit of a shock when a random stranger approaches and asks if you will be in a picture with them.  After all, usually only celebrities receive picture requests.  We experienced the peculiar phenomenon of being foreigners in China with Chinese asking to take pictures of us three times while in Beijing.  I’m not against others taking pictures of me.  After all, I am always looking for that perfect picture of locals during my travels, some of which I've used on Travel the World.  But it’s a different feeling when you’re traveling in a foreign land and yet you are the attraction.